Do not use toilet brush for personal hygiene

I recently mentioned the Stella Liebeck award. Another great award is the Wacky Warning Label Contest. It is conducted by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, M-LAW, to reveal how lawsuits, and concern about lawsuits, have created a need for common sense warnings on products. This years winner: A flushable toilet brush that warns users, “Do not use for personal hygiene” has been identified as the nation’s wackiest warning label in an annual contest sponsored by a consumer watchdog group. Other winners are:

  • The $250 second place award went to Matt Johnson of Naperville, Illinois for a label on a popular scooter for children that warns: “This product moves when used.”
  • Third place and $100 went to Ann Marie Taylor of Camden, South Carolina who found the following warning on a digital thermometer that can be used to take a person’s temperature several different ways: “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.”

  • Fourth place was a label on an electric hand blender promoted for use in “blending, whipping, chopping and dicing,” that warns: “Never remove food or other items from the blades while the product is operating.” Sent in by Ken Stein of Berkeley, California.

  • In fifth place was a label on a nine- by three-inch bag of air used as packing material. It carries this warning: “Do not use this product as a toy, pillow, or flotation device.”Sent in by Christen Millard of Westerville, Ohio.

And have a look at the past winners! And it seems there is a good candidate for the next award: yesterday Apple announced the iPod shuffle. The wacky warning “do not eat” follows the marketing slogan “Smaller than a pack of gum and much more fun”. No further comments.

1 Response to “Do not use toilet brush for personal hygiene”


  • This is NOT a wacky label if one is motion impaired or obese. These folks are on a constant search for personal hygiene assists that don’t cost a fortune (like $50+ ). The toilet wand product looks remarkably like one of these special aids and the price is cheap by comparison. I can certainly see someone desperate enough to try it. You laughers have no idea of the agony it is to be unable to clean your butt!

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